Aberavon Quins RFC

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Aberavon Quins RFC
Full name Aberavon Harlequins Rugby Football Club
Nickname(s) The Mighty Quins
Founded 1891
Location Port Talbot, Wales
Ground(s) Harlequin Road (Capacity: 2,000)
President Phillip Dacey
Coach(es) Wales Chris O'Callaghan
Captain(s) Wales Craig Cox
League(s) WRU Division 2 West Central
2014-15 12th
Team kit
Official website
www.thequinsrfc.com

Aberavon Harlequins RFC (nicknamed "The Mighty Quins") is a Welsh rugby union team located in the Fairfield area of Port Talbot, a few minutes away from the town centre and Aberavon. In 1955, the team gained membership of the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU). Today the club is a feeder club for the Ospreys.[1]

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1891, and they become known as the Aberavon Excel, playing in an all-white strip.[2] After the First World War in 1918, the Excels formed the Aberavon Harlequins R.F.C. which it has been known as ever since. They played on a waste site at what is now the Sandfields Estate, later renamed the Harlequins Field.[2] In 1932-33, the club was reformed by Dick Lody, Dill Stanford, Don Mainwaring and H.Williams, and the club grew until the start of Second World War.

In 1951, the club received a boost when the former Maesteg RFC, Wales and British Lions scrum half Trevor Lloyd returned to Aberavon Harlequins, his original club.[2] The 1955/56 season was the best ever playing record in the Quins' history, playing over thirty matches and losing only once.[2]

At the start of the 21st century, in an attempt to modernise the governing body of Welsh rugby union and to bring Wales fully into the professional era, it was decided to restructure the Welsh leagues and to source new sponsorship revenue for them. Teams would be allocated a division depending on their recent season’s order of merit and their geographical location. In the 2001/02 season, the Quins were placed in Lloyds TSB Division Two West, along with their local rivals Corus (Port Talbot) RFC.

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under IRB eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-IRB nationality.

Player Position Union
Richard Diaz Prop Wales Wales
Ieuan Evans Prop Wales Wales
Steve Evans Prop Wales Wales
Joshua Pugh Prop Wales Wales
Dan Morgan Hooker Wales Wales
Phil Egan Hooker Wales Wales
Karl Davies Lock Wales Wales
Gareth Capper Lock Wales Wales
Daniel Phillips Lock Wales Wales
Liam Oates Lock Wales Wales
Dale Bowen Lock Wales Wales
Sion Duncley Flanker Wales Wales
Chris Burgess Flanker Wales Wales
Adam Dawe Flanker Wales Wales
Ben Bragger Flanker Wales Wales
Billy Lavis Flanker Wales Wales
Craig Cox (c) Flanker Wales Wales
Dan Webb Number 8 Wales Wales
Dean Scully Number 8 Wales Wales
Player Position Union
Stacey Pearson Scrum-half Wales Wales
Mathew Morgan Scrum-half Wales Wales
Marc Shepard Fly-half Wales Wales
Ryan Pugh Fly-half Wales Wales
Neil Pugsley Centre Wales Wales
Matthew Phillips Centre Wales Wales
Gareth Pugh Centre Wales Wales
Stuart Broad Wing Wales Wales
Domonic Carol Wing Wales Wales
Jamie-Ross Landeg Wing Wales Wales
Marcus Dean Francis Wing Wales Wales
Scott Mewse Wing England England
Alex Condon Fullback Wales Wales
Sean Ford Fullback Wales Wales
Player Position Union

dual contract with Aberavon RFC & Bridgend RFC

Jordan Crealock Fullback Wales Wales
Liam Gadd Centre Wales Wales
Jon Bambsey Hooker Wales Wales
Anthony Edwards Prop Wales Wales


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wales' regional rugby map". BBC News. BBC. 8 July 2004. Retrieved 4 June 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c d "History". Thequinsrfc.com. Retrieved 14 April 2014.